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Ontario in for stormy night

Snowy night for northern Ontario
Snowy night for northern Ontario

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 13, 2011 — Snow for northern Ontario, gusting winds for southern Ontario as clipper moves through.

Snow forecast for northern Ontario
Snow forecast for northern Ontario

It produced wind gusts powerful enough to topple transport trucks in Alberta, and now, it's headed through Ontario.

It was gusty throughout western Ontario Sunday as the second of two Alberta clippers moved in from the Prairies.

“Out west, they have northwest winds behind the low, and southern Ontario has a southwest wind flow in front of it,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The blustery conditions will continue through the overnight hours in southern Ontario, with Environment Canada warning that the Niagara region, Simcoe and Caledonia could experience gusts up to 90 km/h.

Further north, the story with this clipper will be snow.

Sudbury and North Bay already had a couple of centimetres on the ground by Sunday evening, and the snow will become heavier throughout the night, with up to 15 cm expected in places. An area of freezing drizzle associated with the low will also pass through northwestern Ontario, creating hazardous driving conditions, says Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“It's not the worst snowstorm they've ever seen, but it's going to be a hassle on the roads.”

Poor driving conditions have been a recurring problem throughout parts of Ontario this week. On Saturday, heavy squalls along the eastern shore of Lake Huron created whiteout conditions that contributed to numerous accidents and forced officials to close some highways.

The low will push into southern Quebec for Monday morning en route to the Maritimes.

Then, it will hit Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula before finally blowing out to sea.

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